Featured Colleague – Jamy Chulak

By Laura Knight

Jamy Chulak has made a career out of caring for people, and we are fortunate to have him as a professor and chair of our Respiratory Care Program.

Jamy joined the Valencia community in January of 2008, as a clinical coordinator, after six years as a respiratory therapist and educator in Central Florida. His prior career included educating parents of premature infants about proper specialized care, working in the intensive care unit and emergency room at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and teaching at Seminole Community College as an adjunct professor for students completing their clinical practice.

In August of 2009, Jamy embraced the role of program chair for the Respiratory Care Program after Lynn Capraun, who was a bastion in the program since 1968, retired. Jamy, along with Barbara Shell, assistant director of community relations, worked together to create the first respiratory care scholarship in honor of Lynn. The scholarship was successfully endowed in 2012, and its first recipient was presented with the award at the Alumni Achievers Reception on June 5, 2013. Jamy and Barbara then worked together again to establish the first alumni association for the Respiratory Care Program at Valencia, which is still growing.

“Jamy is always willing to assist with any projects or initiatives when asked to. His positive attitude and extraordinary motivation are some of his top qualities,” said Penny Conners, dean of Allied Health and Jamy’s supervisor. “Jamy is definitely a huge asset to the Allied Health Division and to Valencia College.”

Jamy is proud to have earned tenure in 2012, attributing his success to Valencia’s culture. “Valencia has offered me an opportunity to grow as a faculty member and a professional,” Jamy shared. “[The college] offers me a platform to give back to the community, to my profession and to my family.”

Most recently, Jamy joined the leadership team for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) – a long-term, college-wide project focused on improvement, enrichment and enhancement of the student learning experience.

Heartened by the college-wide QEP conversations, Jamy said, “I am most inspired by the commitment and challenges that our students overcome on the path to graduation, credentialing and employment.” These challenges were most evident during the recession, Jamy explained, but still remain true for many of our students. “When I see the vast majority of our graduates gain employment here in Orlando, or elsewhere, I am inspired by the successes they achieve within the profession.”

Jamy believes strongly in the idea that “education can transform lives.” He has witnessed these transformations within himself and among his students as they work together to improve the health and wellbeing of those in our community.

Jamy holds an associate degree in respiratory care from Tallahassee Community College, a bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary sciences from the University of Central Florida, and most recently earned a master’s degree in respiratory care leadership from Northeastern University.

Know of someone doing great work at the college? Send their name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu so they can be one of our featured colleagues!


  • Andrew Ray said:

    Congratulations Jamy!
    It has been a real pleasure getting to know you and the A.L.L. folks this year. You certainly are a great example of caring professionals at Valencia, Well done!

    AMWed, 19 Jun 2013 09:03:04 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:03:04 +0000am13,9:03 am

  • Michael Maguire said:

    Congrats, my friend!

    AMWed, 19 Jun 2013 09:54:58 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:54:58 +0000am13,9:54 am

  • Jeff Hogan said:

    It's an honor working alongside you

    PMTue, 02 Jul 2013 22:16:11 +0000Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:16:11 +0000pm13,10:16 pm

    • respiratorycareblog said:

      Thank you Jeff. The feeling is mutual.

      PMTue, 24 Jan 2017 20:19:10 +0000Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:19:10 +0000pm17,8:19 pm

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